MONZA: BAD LUCK HITS SCUDERIA COLONI IN RACE 1 Everything was in place for a great Feature Race for Scuderia Coloni in Monza, but bad luck ruined the race of both Alvaro Parente and Brendon Hartley. The Portuguese driver didn't have the best...
MONZA: BAD LUCK HITS SCUDERIA COLONI IN RACE 1
Everything was in place for a great Feature Race for Scuderia Coloni in Monza, but bad luck ruined the race of both Alvaro Parente and Brendon Hartley.
The Portuguese driver didn't have the best possible start, and Perez hit his right front tyre while passing him. Alvaro's front suspension was damaged and the steering was twisted: in this conditions, Parente could not brake correctly for the first chicane, and had no other choice apart from cutting it, forcing the Race Direction to issue a drive through penalty for him. That was a real pity because, even with the damaged steering, Alvaro managed to pass Grosjean in the second chicane and then climbed to third place. The drive through made him fall to 13th place, and he then finished in P12 thanks to Leimer retiring.
Also Brendon Hartley was very unlucky: the kiwi driver, who was at his first start in GP2, was caught in a first chicane mayhem caused by Maldonado and Grosjean crashing into each other. The whole field nearly stopped, and Brendon found himself stuck behind the stalled car of Ericsson, ending his race there.
Paolo Coloni: "We had the chance to clinch a podium finish in our home race and seeing it fade away leaves a really bitter feeling. Anyway we must look at the positive things: our cars were competitive, and Alvaro managed to lap steadily in the low 33s, even with a damaged steering! I feel very sorry for Brendon because he just needed time in the car, and with such an eventful race he could have finished well. Anyway he could really do nothing to avoid the mess in front of him at the first chicane".
-source: scuderia coloni